The Elmwood Park Public Library offers a variety of online resources to its card holders. All of these can be accessed 24/7 and from outside the Library, with the exception of Ancestry. Find out more about them below.

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Academic Search Premier offers access to peer-reviewed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources. This site is ideal when looking for sources to cite for a paper or personal research. Watch the Tutorial.


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Find out more about your background with Ancestry. Records from the U. S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; birth, death, and marriage records; church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists, international records, and more are available.  Normally access to this database is available only while at the Library, but is now available online while libraries are closed.



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This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and students with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


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Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, medical dictionaries, reports, popular reference books, fact sheets, and magazine articles. 


CRO New CR Logo 9 offers unbiased product and service ratings and recommendations from the latest issue of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Health. Search the archive for the past four years of ratings, product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides, access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.


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Get a jumpstart on passing your DMV permit tests. offers practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL permits, as well as handbooks and guides regarding state traffic laws and regulations.


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Complete full text content of local and regional news from Elmwood Park's weekly paper. Community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community are covered. Paid advertisements are excluded.


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Explora offers an easy-to-search interface to search for magazine and newspaper articles, books and other reference materials on a variety of topics. Watch the Tutorial



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Explora for Kids & Teens
A good starting place for kids and teens to find sources to cite for a paper or personal research. Search for your subject, then limit your results to peer-reviewed, full text articles. Click Choose Databases near the search box to search multiple resources at once. You can also limit results to a particular date range, and create citations in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and more. Watch the Tutorial 


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Offers interactive language learning in more than 70 world languages, including Spanish, French, German, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and more. Use Mango on your computer or mobile device. There are also ESL courses for Spanish, Polish, Italian, and more speakers.


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MasterFILE Premier offers access to full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags. Search for your subject, then limit your results to peer-reviewed, full text articles. Click Choose Databases near the search box to search multiple resources at once. You can also limit results to a particular date range, and create citations in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and more. Watch the Tutorial


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Newspaper Source 
Read newspaper articles from regional and international publications including The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostUSA TodayChristian Science MonitorThe Evening Standard, and more. Television and radio transcipts from NPR, CNN, FOX News and CBS News are also available. Watch the Tutorial


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NoveList K-8 Plus features read-alikes and fictoin and non-fiction reading lists for children. Find books by grade-level, Lexile score, or interests.Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find information about teaching with books and engaging young readers.



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Resource for finding books based on age level, genre, theme, and more. Search an author's name or the title of a book to find suggestions for similar titles, or input what you liked about a book (pacing, tone, characters, and more) to get specific book recommendations.


Get homework help from live tutors between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Practice with lessons and worksheets based on your grade level. Find study materials and practice questions for the ACT, SAT, and GED. Upload your resume and cover letter for specific feedback from tutors. Find information about U.S. citizenship and practice questions for the citizenship test.



Use WorldCat to find books, movies, or CDs that are not owned by libraries in our SWAN system. If you find an item you want to request, use our request form or contact us at 708-395-1217.

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